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Coup Boss

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dennyb, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. dennyb

    dennyb In the Brooder

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    Introduced two Americauna pullets to my flock of four RIR's. Newbies are now laying, but
    the boss Red won't let one of the Americaunas in the coup to lay,so she's laying outside of the coup. What to do? Thanks ahead of time.
     

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Take the dominant hen out of the flock and reintroduce her after a week or so. The others may knock her down a peg or two in the pecking order - or they may not. It may be worth a try.
     
  3. cstronks

    cstronks Songster

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    That is probably the only idea that you can try at this point. Removing a hen from the top of the pecking order can work, because in theory once they are removed they won't go back to the top, but I wouldn't doubt that a Rhode Island Red has it in her to regain her top status after being separated. Definitely lock away the RIR though and see what happens.
     

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